What Is It?

“Through spontaneous imaginative play in small trays of wet or dry sand, people sculpt the sand and position miniature figurines and objects to create three-dimensional scenes or designs that express and mediate between their inner and outer worlds. When trauma has occurred or typical development has been interrupted or impeded, a Sandplay process may encourage psychological healing and expansion of consciousness through activation of the human psyche’s innate drive toward healing and wholeness. 

Psychological distress often occurs because of inner conflicts about relationships, situations, and decisions. Sandplay provides a means of concretizing opposites and representing unifying resolutions that ideally lead to transformation and healing” (Journal of Sandplay Therapy, 1991).